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Lizard in the sun

Lizard in the sun
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-15
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 18mm-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 15:50
Viewed: 3912
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This week-end I visited my grand-parents, in a village called Niederbronn. It is a beautiful house in the middle of the meadows, and there are always lots of insects there as soon as the weather becomes warmer - flies, moths, butterflies, coleopteras, etc... But there are also lots and lots of lizards - dozens, or even hundreds.They love to rest in the sun, on the warm walls, and as soon as somebody moves they hide in every holes, even the smallest. I have always loved to watch them.

Most of the time I don't see them when they don't move, because their camouflage is very efficient, but this one didn't choose his resting place very carefully. I saw him as soon as he crawled out of the plant. He was huge (more than 10cm without tail, almost 20 with the tail) and quite lazy, as he didn't move when I came closer. He took a sunbathe on this wall, without moving, so quiet, and he really seemed to enjoy it !

It was delihtful to watch him. Each minute a step closer, until the moment I could change my 55-200 lense for the 18-55 lense. And at the end I was so close I could have almost touched him. I could see each scale on his skin, I could see his tiny tongue flickering in and out, I could see his thorax moving with each breath. A great moment !

A bit later, as I was laying on the floor trying to capture another lizard (a shy lizard, this time), I suddenly saw 3 roe deers that came running out of the forest. They run past the meadows, not too far away from me, and they were so beautiful ! They jumped very high with their long legs, over the fences and among the cows who looked at them, startled. They were very fast and I could only get some poor blurry shots before they were gone. As they are not good enough to be posted on their own, I have added them as a WS, because the Roe Deer is one of the most beautiful animal in our forest and I wanted to share this great moment - just impossible to keep it for myself ! :-)

P.S. : If somebody could help me with the ID of the lizard, it would be very welcome. I have looked on Internet, but I have seen many species and they look so much alike !

horia, joey, JoseMiguel, jcoowanitwong, Alex99, jeanpaul, pablominto, mikou, ramthakur, JPlumb, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-17 16:06]
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Hi Valerie

This is a splendid shot from you of what seems to be a Podarcis muralis - the Common Wall Lizard.
I really like the composition of your shot and the way you managed to keep all of it in the frame (and not cut the tails off as i've seen on many other photos).
The details and skin textures are great and the exposure is well managed, despite the rather bright wall.
Excellent work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Valerie,
A very good capture of this lizard!
I enjoyed a lot thestory told in your notes...I couldn't shot a lizard yet, they move so fast and are very shy, so great for you and this post.
Details got on the skin are very good and have and amazing pattern.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi Valerie,
Very nice shot on this lizard. Sharp with vivid colors. Enjoy reading your note. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-18 10:53]

Hi Valerie.
I see you have spent a very good time at your grandparents. Original shot and workshop prove correctness of my words excellently. Lizard shot is perfect composed. I like its pleasant colour palette and excellent details of the animal and BG. You have written note simple perfect. My best wishes and TFS. Well done.

Hello Valerie,
I will think they appreciate the sun too, at least as much as we do!
This fellow is well framed, and captured with lovely details...
A well composed presentation with attractive colours!
Pablo -

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-19 7:50]

Bonjour Valerie,
very well captured, the sharpness and the details are very good. Nice DOF that kept the entire liard nicley in focus. Very well composed with a good textures and nice BG colors.

Hi Valérie
C'est Une merveilleuse photo prise avec ce petit lézard.Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-30 1:41]

Hi Valerie.
Pretty composite this your captured lizard that the heat up on rock.She's like behind every sunshine.Good details and beautiful colors.Also very interesting pictures jump deer that the you shew in workshop.Very nice done,thanks.
Best greetings Milos.

Belle photo de ce lezard, qui est bien net et bien éclairé. Belles couleurs et bon POV. Amitiés Thomas

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-16 16:29]

Hello Valerie,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,sharpness,framing and composition a lot.

Valerie, I'm going back to this picture you posted in April because I missed it for some reason.
My attention was drawn by the shape of this lizard in the thumbnail view. Now I notice that it is not only quite big but has also very attractive patterns on its brown body.
The shot is well taken against the background of a reddish rock.
Obviously, when you must have swung around to capture those running deer, you must have used the same camera settings as were determined to shoot the lizard. Still, the results are not bad because the graceful movements of these animals are well recorded, even though a bit blurry (which happens when things are in fast motion and you have not been able to choose the right camera settings).
Well done and regards.

Hi Valerie,
Nice compo. Most interesting content.
Well done...
BTW How was your exhibition?

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-02 20:35]

Hi Valerie, a very nice shot of this lizard. I have a couple of shots of one in Australia that are very similar to it. Someday I'll have to post them. Like you I am still struggling a bit with the identification. This guy stands out very well against that wall, even though it is almost a similar colour. You've captured good detail, even right down to his eye and toes (which I understand help in the identification). Appreciated your workshop.

Thanks, John

Ahhhh.... a real beauty my friend! You captured her in basking position very well. TFS this beauty.

Ps. i gladed to know taht you liked my dedication to you and your kind mother.

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